The Independent Games Festival held its award ceremony on March 20, giving honors to some of the best video games of 2018.The winners not only proved they had what it took to stand out from other independent games, but also the very biggest AAA games released last year.Lucas Pope’s gorgeous Return of the Obra Dinn took home the top prize.The 3D game used a unique pencil-point-like design is unlike anything we’ve seen before, and builds on the strong setting and storytelling approach that Pope brought to Papers, Please.Though it was not nominated for any awards, the hit VR game Beat Saber received honorable mention in three separate categories.It has sold over 1 million copies to date, and recently received a DLC pack that adds even more content.
Brussels -- The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe is organising its 29th annual meeting from 26-30 May in Helsinki, Finland, and is expected to draw over 2,000 scientists from more than 60 countries to discuss the latest research in environmental science.Environmental protection is playing an important role in public health, and experts from academia, government and business, including representatives from international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Environment, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Commission, national governments and others will discuss major environmental topics.The meeting theme, "One Environment.Sustainable Societies" reflects the importance that a variety of scientific disciplines and research objectives come together, connect and debate the scientific questions at the intersection of the human, animal and ecosystem health triad.Sessions such as wildlife ecotoxicology, fate and effects of oil spills on aquatic and marine environments, climate impacts on polar and alpine ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry, but also gender bias and equal opportunity in scientific research and many other subjects are central to this theme.Featuring more than 2,000 presentations over 77 sessions, including special sessions with invited talks, this conference allows environmental and human health scientists an opportunity to present their own research while connecting with others to learn about the most recent scientific knowledge, developments and applications for reducing and regulating the use of chemicals in the environment, remediating soil, air and water pollution, and to find more sustainable solutions for managing environmental and human health.
Sort-of union for bobbies has triggered criminal investigationThe Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), a sort-of trade union for police workers, has been battling to contain a ransomware strike on the group's computer systems, it confessed this afternoon.In a statement posted on Twitter, PFEW said it first noticed the attack infecting its systems on Saturday 9 March, "with cyber experts rapidly reacting to isolate the malware to stop it spreading to branches".We can confirm we have been subject to a malware attack on our computer systems.We were alerted by our own security systems on Saturday 9 March.Cyber experts rapidly reacted to isolate the malware and prevent it from spreading PFEWCyberAttack pic.twitter.com/8Zi49S82ZM
Without it, few forward-looking businesses can hope to prosper and in practice it means organisations are looking for solutions that can deliver against both their current and future needs.It is robust, supported by service level agreements (SLAs) and is an established, familiar technology that enterprises, at one point in time, aspired to.However, on the other hand, it is also highly expensive, inflexible, takes a long time to be installed, and is a challenge when it comes to integrating with cloud services.However, in an office environment someone watching a YouTube video will steal bandwidth from someone at the desk next to them on an important conference call.As the resilience and flexibility of traditional MPLS-based connectivity becomes increasingly out of step with the communications needs of modern businesses, a new approach has emerged as the optimal solution.Business demand is growing rapidly and shaping the need for a better, more cost-effective and more functional solution that can deliver against increasingly onerous requirements.
The U.S. Navy has partnered with a robotics company to augment the physical capabilities of workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, a maintenance facility located in Washington state.Sarcos Robotics has been granted a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its “Guardian XO” robotic exoskeleton, which can be “worn” by people to better their abilities by providing attributes such as enhanced strength.Sarcos describes its full-body exoskeleton as being able to give wearers the ability to lift objects with the strength of a forklift while maintaining the dexterity of human hands.Someone operating the suit can reportedly handle as much as 200 pounds for long periods of time while still being able to use power tools and inspect confined spaces.The machine can move at three miles per hour and operates on batteries, which is one of its key selling points.While similar devices have been built-in the past, Sarcos notes that they have typically been tethered to a power source given the lack of availability for batteries that capable of supplying enough power for such a machine.
On episode 91 of Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Parker Hall explored the biggest news stories of the day and spoke to some interesting guests.On the docket for this presentation: Google debuted its video game streaming service, Stadia; Apple is giving the AirPods a design upgrade (but it might not be enough to catch our interest); and Instagram is rolling out an ecommerce feature, allowing users to buy products within the app.Later in the show, editor-in-chief Jeremy Kaplan spoke to Sam Foos of bicycle company Trek.Foos came by the studio to talk about the company’s new invention, the WaveCel helmet, which the company claims is 48 times more effective than a typical bike helmet.Back in the Portland studio, computing editor Luke Larsen rolled into the studio to unbox the new Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop, a mighty beast of a laptop that bucks the recent trend of slimming down.Within that big, beefy frame is a lot of processing power.
Microsoft has unveiled a number of software upgrades that it says can help boost productivity, efficiency and security in businesses of all sizes.The software giant spoke to TechRadar Pro about some exciting updates and new releases for its Microsoft 365 platform, and how these can have a profound effect on every worker.Microsoft Teams top 500,000 organisationsHow to use Windows 10: tips, tricks and everything you need to know“It feels like it has been an either/or...which doesn't translate into a good user experience,” he adds, noting that often it is not Windows which is slowing down devices, but the additional agents added on by IT departments.“We want to help IT modernise, decrease their costs, and deliver that modern workplace that is trusted by IT.”
It’s easy to forget that, because Apple seemingly forgot it made the iPad mini — the last update, the iPad mini 4, came in 2015, and it’s barely been mentioned since.But people really love their iPad minis, and they just kept buying the iPad mini 4, even as the rest of the iOS lineup was updated and improved over time.And if people are going to keep buying something, it’s worth updating.You’d expect a spec-bump update like this to be fairly boring, especially since Apple made some curious choices about Lightning and Pencil support along the way.There simply isn’t another tablet at this size that can compete: the Android tablet app ecosystem is far from great, small Android tablets usually have much slower processors and are really meant for watching videos anyway, and there just aren’t any good small Windows tablets aside from the Surface Go, which is considerably larger than the mini.Those bezels are a real throwback, and the decision to use the first-gen Apple Pencil instead of the far superior second-gen Pencil Apple developed for the new iPad Pro is extremely strange.
Instagram has announced that it's testing a new feature called Checkout, which will allow users to buy products from fashion, beauty and other brands within the photo-sharing app.In a blog post, Instagram said the feature is currently “in closed beta for businesses, and available to people in the US“, but hasn't mentioned when Checkout will be rolled out to the rest of the world.Judging from the businesses involved in the beta testing period, which include Zara, Adidas, Burberry, Balmain, H, Huda Beauty, Prada, and Kylie Cosmetics among others, Instagram is squarely targeting users with an interest in beauty and fashion.Today, we're introducing checkout on Instagram.When you find a product you love, you can now buy it without leaving the app.Instagram says that “when you tap to view a product from a brand’s shopping post, you’ll see a ’Checkout on Instagram’ button on the product page“.
While we’re all still beaming after our recent announcement that the Financial Times acquired a majority stake in TNW, it turns out we’ve got more big news to reveal.Today, I’m thrilled to share that we’re opening a second TQ in Amsterdam South — a brand-new home dedicated to helping tech companies grow.With space for startups, scale-ups, and corporates, we’re can’t wait to apply all the lessons we learned from our first launch in a new environment.In October 2016, we opened the doors to our first TQ — a curated workspace for tech startups in Amsterdam.At the time, it seemed like the next logical step for us as a company.For years, we’d been contributing to the international tech community with our media platform and yearly conferences, but something was missing.
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Former Facebook employee Nikki Lannen has raised €3.3 million ($3.7 million) to fund the development of a new augmented-reality game at her startup WarDucks.The funding round was led venture capital firm EQT Ventures and will help get the new location-based game off the ground in 2020.Lannen left her job at Facebook in 2013 to launch WarDucks, which aims to make its titles "fun" rather than "super-realistic."Former Facebook executive Nikki Lannen has raised nearly $4 million to create a new augmented-reality mobile game that aims to emulate the success of "Pokémon Go."Lannen, the founder and CEO of Dublin-based gaming startup WarDucks, raised €3.3 million ($3.7 million) in a funding round led by venture capital firm EQT Ventures.Although Lannen declined to reveal specific details about the premise of WarDucks' new game, she said it will be a location-based augmented-reality title, in the same vein as "Pokémon Go."
Over the years, Google has consistently created beautiful ‘doodles’ – creative takes on its logo that show up on its homepage – to commemorate festivals, holidays, and significant events in history.Today, the company’s knocked it out of the park with its first-ever AI-powered doodle to celebrate the 334th birthday of Baroque composer extraordinaire Johann Sebastian Bach.The beautifully illustrated doodle has you write out a couple of bars of sheet music, choose a key, and then have Google‘s custom AI flesh out your melody with a harmony in Bach‘s signature style.There are a bunch of buttons that surface additional features and a couple of preset tunes; it all works really well, and is sure to take up several minutes of your time today.The doodle is powered by Coconet, a machine learning model for manipulating music.It’s been in the works for three years, and has been trained with a dataset of 306 chorale harmonizations by Bach.
When Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch at its Unpacked Event a few weeks ago, I was cautiously optimistic.Sure, it did away with the company’s signature rotating bezel, but otherwise, it was sleek, had all the right specs, and honestly, Samsung has consistently put out some of the best Android-friendly smartwatches over the past few years.: Samsung's streamlined fitness watchI opted to test the rose gold version, because why not, and also to see how it stacked up against some other fashionable, Android-friendly watches.As much as it made Tizen stand out by being the most intuitive of smartwatch operating systems, it did give all of Samsung’s wearables a distinctly masculine vibe.Plus, it doesn’t matter how hard Samsung tries—Bixby just isn’t good and it’s not happening.
Tencent has on Wednesday launched a website for its cloud gaming service named “Start,” allowing users to apply for slots in a closed beta that will be available in Guangdong province and Shanghai.Users can only log in on the website with their QQ accounts, and need to provide information including their phone numbers, broadband providers and bandwidth.They can choose any number of the five available platforms on which to experience the service: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and TV.The website also asks users to show their “most unique side” in the “reasons for application” section, stating that the closed beta has limited slots.There doesn’t seem to be a word limit for this section.Users not in Guangdong and Shanghai can still submit applications but won’t be able to trial the service until its open beta.
Not everyone is an Apple, Google, or Samsung fan.There are those that swear by other phone manufacturers, including one of the most controversial ones of late.The hype and excitement around Huawei’s upcoming new flagships are starting to rise and some retailers may have gotten swept up by the Huawei P30 fever.With a week left before its scheduled event, two European retailers have accidentally pushed the “Publish” button, revealing the last piece of the puzzle that we needed: the price.It’s not that unusual from some retailers to jump the gun though some did make such moves to generate site traffic with unverified and sometimes incorrect facts.But when Huawei’s own Amazon Italia account makes such a “blunder”, you can’t but assume some credibility.
While Intel spent the majority of its stage time at GDC 2019 announcing new software and 9th Generation mobile processors, the company also gave us a small tease of what its graphics card could look like.At the very start of its GDC 2019 keynote, Intel designer and artist Christiano Siquera shared the very first shroud design for an Intel Graphics Card.This design you see below was apparently published back in December 2018 and while it looks like any old, generic mini GPU, Team Blue has since moved onto a new design.On the next slide above is Intel's new new shroud design with an aesthetic very similar to the company’s recent Intel Optane SSDs.Between the flared, diagonal lines and the angular look, this graphics card basically looks like a shorter, bulker version of the Intel Optane SSD 905P.Intel’s first graphics card also seems destined to utilize a single fan, blower-style cooler based on these images.
Skygazers are enjoying the ‘full worm supermoon,’ the third and final supermoon of 2019.March’s full moon was dubbed the ‘full worm moon’ by Native Americans because it occurs at a time of year when the ground is softening, and earthworm casts (worm manure) start to reappear, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.'SUPER BLOOD MOON' ECLIPSE STUNS IN REMARKABLE PICTURESSupermoons happen when the Moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the Moon is full.The Moon became a ‘supermoon’ on March 19 when it was 223,308 miles away from Earth.“When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon—and that's where we get a ‘supermoon’,” explains the space agency, on its website.
Dyson launched the Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum in 2018 – it was so powerful that is convinced James Dyson to stop making corded ones.In 2019, though, the British company may just have outdone itself.The Dyson V11 looks pretty much like its predecessor, but ups the cleaning ante with a better battery and more suction power than the Cyclone V10.The V11 clearly reveals Dyson’s capability to take innovation to new levels, leaving us to wonder what else the company could have up its proverbial sleeve.The innovation begins with the new High Torque cleaner head that has the ability to sense different surfaces.The cleaner head is able to detect brush bar resistance up to 360 times a second.